Cornerstone’s Artist of the Month for September
Below is a recent Q&A with Wendy Palmer.
Tell us briefly about your background & how you got started in your medium.
Growing up I loved to draw and to be creative. I was happiest with a pencil in one hand and a piece of paper in the other. After graduating high school, I attended HACC for a period of time studying in the Fine Arts curriculum. But, as life moved on so did my interests and I eventually stopped attending. During my time at HACC I had two photography classes. Although I enjoyed the classes and learned a great deal, I had no thoughts of being a photographer or even using a camera on a regular basis. Little did I know, many years later I would pick up a digital camera and not be able to put it down.
How does your medium inform your viewpoint? Or what do you like most about your medium?
With digital photography, I like the instant gratification of being able to see your pictures as soon as you take them. I like that you can take as many pictures as you want/need and with computer software/applications you can be even more creative with your photographs.
Who or what have been your artistic inspirations?
Son, mother, husband and God, they not only inspired me but are the ones I attribute and thank for helping me find a passion I never knew I had.
First, my son, Nicholas, who at a very young age loved to use my camera to take picture after picture of his toys, our goldfish, and our cats. Although I thought his pictures were beautiful works of art and I enjoyed envisioning him one day being a wildlife photographer, it became very expensive developing roll after roll of film, only to find that most of the pictures were of his toys, our goldfish, and our cats. Because of Nicholas’ love of taking pictures, I purchased my first digital camera.
Second, my mother, Jean, for it was her garden, her flowers that captivated me. She has always been an avid gardener. I never understood why she loved it so much until I took those first few pictures of her yellow tulips and pink roses. I was amazed at their beauty and that though the use of my camera, I was able to capture that beauty. I continue to be inspired by their beauty.
Third, my husband, Paul, for he was the one that gave me my Canon Rebel XSi and the house we live in with the tree outside the kitchen window where the birds come and gather. I have spent hours standing at that kitchen window taking picture after picture of those little birds or just waiting for one to come along. The joy he has given me with his gift has not stopped since the day he gave it to me and I am so grateful to him for that.
And fourth, I give praise and glory, honor and thanks to God above. He is always with us, always working behind the scenes on our behalf, leading us towards our purpose, for his purpose, for his glory! As I look back, I can see how God brought everything together for me. Everything I described above with my son and my old camera, my mother and her flowers and with God bringing my husband into my life; that was all God’s doing! “Everything comes from God alone. Everything lives by His power and everything is for His glory.” Romans 11:36 .
Do You Have a Favorite Piece in Your Portfolio?
The pictures of the cardinals, they are my favorite.
What would be your advice to artists just starting out in your medium?
Always keep your camera close by and use it every day.